2 Samuel 10 ©
David's ambassadors, sent to comfort Hanun for his father's death, are disgracefully treated. The Ammonites strengthened by the Syrians are overcome by Joab and Abishai. Hadarezer sendeth a new army of Syrians under Shobach, which is defeated by David, and their general slain; whereupon the kings who were subject to Syria become servants to Israel.
Then said David, I will bshew kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father shewed kindness unto me. And David sent to comfort him by the hand of his servants for his father. And David's servants came into the land of the children of Ammon.
And the princes of the children of Ammon said unto Hanun their lord, 1Thinkest thou that David doth honour thy father, that he hath sent comforters unto thee? chath not David rather sent his servants unto thee, to search the city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow it?
¶And when the children of Ammon saw that they fstank before David, the children of Ammon gsent and hired the Syrians of Beth-rehob, and the Syrians of Zoba, twenty thousand footmen, and of king Maacah a thousand men, and of 2Ish-tob twelve thousand men.
When Joab saw that the front of the battle was against him before and behind, he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians:
And the rest of the people he delivered into the hand of Abishai his brother, that he might put them in array against the children of Ammon.
And Joab drew nigh, and the people that were with him, unto the battle against the Syrians: and they fled before him.
And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians were fled, then fled they also before oAbishai, and entered into the city. So Joab returned from the children of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem.
And when it was told David, rhe gathered all Israel together, and passed over Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Syrians set themselves in array against David, and fought with him.
And when all the kings that were tservants to Hadarezer saw that they were smitten before Israel, they made peace with Israel, and userved them. So the Syrians vfeared to help the children of Ammon any more.